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MEDICAID RATE REMINDER
Monday, September 17th 2018

With October billing cycles fast approaching we want to provide membership with a reminder.

Despite all of our hard work, the 2018-2019 budget changes were not what we had hoped for. The nursing home Medicaid rate has been decreased from $95 to $83 per month. This will be effective on 10/1/18.

We are continuing to work with the Legislation and will provide updates as soon as new information becomes available via member email blasts, as well as at the Fall Conference on October 26th in Grand Rapids.

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MEDICAID RATE UPDATE
Thursday, September 6th 2018

What’s new?

Despite all of our hard work, the 2018-2019 budget changes were not what we had hoped for.  After a successful raise to the medicaid rate last year we had moved on to obtaining funding for CMH clients. After working with legislators and educating everyone who would listen on the matter the following changes were instituted:

  • Our monthly Medicaid rate has been decreased from $95 to $83 per month.  This will be effective on 10/1/18.
  • The Legislature also created a 1.5 million dollar matching fund for Counties to provide up to $83 per month for Community Mental Health clients to supplement guardianship payments. This will be also be effective on 10/1/18.

While the loss of the Medicaid Rate would have not been as severe if the added funding for current non paying guardianship cases had been resolved. However, we believe it will be very difficult or near impossible to implement this matching at each county level.

So what’s next?

MGA is actively working with legislation and will be meeting with the Governors office this week to attempt to provide an appropriation solution for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. We will not go down without a fight!

We will provide updates as soon as new information becomes available via member email blasts, as well as at the Fall Conference on October 26th in Grand Rapids.

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MEDICAID INCREASE UPDATE
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Have you heard?  We Did It AGAIN!

Capitol Day results in action…

All of our hard work has paid off.  The DHHS Conference Committee adopted the conference report Thursday, June 8th which is one of the last steps to finalizing the FY 2017-18 budget. The budget contains two major victories for MGA:

  • Our monthly Medicaid rate was increased from $83 to $95 per month.  This will be effective on 10/1/17.
  • The Legislature also directed the Department and the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards to jointly figure out how to pay public guardians for CMH clients at the same rate of $95 per month.  They have to submit a report to the Legislature by March 1, 2018.  This is in time for the Legislature to possibly include something into next year’s budget which would be effective on 10/1/8.

Click the button below to review the two relevant pages of the budget so you can see the actual language.

So what is next?

The Conference Report has to be adopted by the full House and Senate and then it goes to the Governor for his consideration.  The House and Senate cannot change the conference report on the floor but the Governor does have line item veto power which is most unlikely.

Big kudos to the entire MGA family that came out for Capitol Day and helped to spread the message.  There is no doubt that your participation and effort impacted the outcome.

 

Budget Excerpts

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MEDICAID INCREASE UPDATE
Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 11:00 pm

Georgia Callis Vice President of MGA and owner of Guardian Care Inc. received the following information from DHHS today.  Looks like Michigan Guardians can officially look forward to the raise as of December 1st!

Effective December 1, 2016 the Medicaid guardianship/conservator disregard and Patient Pay offset will increase from $60 to $83. This change requires no specialist intervention.  BEM 536, 540, 541, 546 will be updated as soon as possible to reflect this change.